St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is observed next on Friday, March 17th, 2023 (257 days from today).

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March has the most important holiday for the Irish community in the country and around the world. It's St. Patrick's Day March 17--Ireland's National Day, is also the day of the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of this country. Throughout the week, a lot of cultural activities take place not only in Ireland, but all over the world, where there is a large Irish community, especially the Northeastern region of the Americas. Let's find out interesting things about this unique festival of the land of Clover!

The Origin of St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick, real name Patricius Magonus Sucatus, was born around 389, into an English family of Roman origin. At the age of 16, while living in Wales, he was enslaved by pirates and sold to a landowner in Ireland. Six years later, he escaped and began his career as a Christian by studying for 12 years. Saint Patrick became a priest in 417, in 432 was ordained a bishop by the Pope and sent to Ireland to evangelize and convert the people.

At that time rituals were considered pagan because the Irish religion was run by mages. Therefore, for many years traveling throughout Ireland to preach, build churches, and believe in God, he was arrested many times but later escaped to continue his work. He died on March 17, 461 at DownPatrick, aged 72. His dedication was honored by the people of Ireland and recognized by the Church. He was canonized and the country of Ireland chose the date of his death - March 17 - as a national holiday: St. Patrick's Day.

There are many legends associated with Saint Patrick. One of them is Saint Patrick who has the ability to bring the dead back to life. And the greatest legend about Saint Patrick is when he preached on top of a hill and recited a Christian curse, which caused all venomous snakes to be driven out of Ireland and died at sea. It can be said that the snake is a metaphor for the cults that Saint Patrick removed from Ireland.

It is said that when preaching, Saint Patrick often used a clover to explain the meaning of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). That's why when we come to Ireland we can see the image of clover everywhere. In addition, for the people of Ireland, clover also means good luck. On Saint Patrick's Day, people draw clover on their faces, clothes and objects. Green also became the symbolic color for the Emerald Island. In the Irish language, phrases expressing the Irish spirit that is "wearing of the green" became very popular. "Irish green" and clover have become typical cultural features, bold… Ireland on St. Patrick's Day around the world.

On the sacred national day and also the largest cultural festival of this beautiful country of Ireland, the people of Ireland stop all work and enjoy the jubilant atmosphere of the festival together. Offices, schools... are all closed on the occasion of the festival so that no one will miss this important national holiday. Saint Patrick's Day was officially recognized as a national holiday around the seventeenth century and gradually became a representative holiday of Irish communities around the world.

On holidays, everything on the streets and street corners, from the architecture to the food and drink, is dressed in traditional Irish green. Some people even decorate their faces, clothes and items with clover, some choose for themselves elaborate costumes, but the prerequisite must be green. In some places, people even dye a river green, monuments and even ski areas turn blue to celebrate this solemn occasion. The highlight of the festival is a grand parade with the participation of a large number of people, dressed up as different characters in colorful costumes, then together they eat traditional food, drink beer and enjoy the music. On holidays, everything on the streets and street corners, from the architecture to the food and drink, is dressed in traditional Irish green. Some people even decorate their faces, clothes and items with clover, some choose for themselves elaborate costumes, but the prerequisite must be green. In some places, people even dye a river green, monuments and even ski areas turn blue to celebrate this solemn occasion. The highlight of the festival is a grand parade with the participation of a large number of people, dressed up as different characters in colorful costumes, then together they eat traditional food, drink beer and enjoy the music.

Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated in many different countries include the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and in British Montserrat. Some people of Irish ancestry also celebrate and celebrate the holiday in countries such as Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

When using your phone or computer to surf the net or read the newspaper you may encounter some common activities that often take place on St. Patrick's Day including:

Parade

People see participating in the parade as a way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. At the same time, the largest Saint Patrick's Day parades are held outside of Ireland because the Irish community around the world takes this festival very seriously.

Observing St. Patrick's Day

On St. Patrick's Day, you can participate in the executive ceremony. Irish people always see blue as a symbol of national love and religious beliefs. Therefore, people often wear blue badges, blue manes and cute outfits in the same blue color. On this day, you can see everything that decorates houses and streets in blue. To celebrate the occasion everything will turn green from foods such as cakes, beer to hair, rivers, memorials and even ski resorts. Every year on March 17, Irish communities in many parts of the world paint clover on their faces, clothes and objects to hope for new things to come to them. Ground beef and cabbage are traditional St Patrick's Day dishes. They often drink with beer and clink glasses on this day. You can do all of the above to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Share your every moment with the hashtag #St.Patrick'sDay.

Observed

St. Patrick's Day has been observed annually on March 17th.

Dates

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

Friday, March 17th, 2023

Sunday, March 17th, 2024

Monday, March 17th, 2025

Also on Friday, March 17th, 2023

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